William Atkinson's hand-drawn designs dated 1811 for 'Part of table top' are held in the Scone Palace Family Archive. Atkinson inscribes on one design an instruction to a cabinet-maker 'Finish the tables to this drawing without the ornament in the angles - Nov 4th 1811'.
The present table includes the quatrefoil but lacks the additional gothic motifs that Atkinson was instructing the cabinet-maker to remove. It is possible that the instruction was directed at George Bullock who used ebony line-inlay in a similar fashion to that seen on this table and on lots 400, 402, 403, 404 and 405.
The bedroom-apartment writing-table has its top ribbon-banded with flowered quatrefoil spandrels in black in harmony with the various early nineteenth century styles such as the Louis Quatorze, Grecian and Elizabethan. With its triumphal arched frame and herm-tapered legs it reflects the handsome baronial antique gothic fashion adopted by William Atkinson (d.1839)